By Mark Barnes
The land is being scraped, dirt is being moved, rocks are arranged for retaining walls and this week, irrigation lines are being installed along the north edge of Indian Creek between Swan Falls Road and Orchard Avenue. The work has been underway on the much anticipated Kuna greenbelt extension expected to be completed in time for Kuna’s 150 birthday celebration next year.
While the plan was unveiled at the city’s open house earlier this year many are left wondering what it will entail. The greenbelt path will be paved and extended from Swan Falls Road to Orchard Avenue and ground depressions will be evened out to make them ADA accessible. According to Mayor Greg Nelson, the Kuna High School cross country team is eyeing this as a great new route available to them for training.
Native plants that grew in the area in 1864 will be landscaped along the path with help from local 5th grade students. A history kiosk will mark the Silver Trail Crossing at Indian Creek and will provide information about the historic road, crossing and 15 mile station.
According to the city, many organizations and volunteers have already helped with many scheduled to participate as the park extension comes together. Local Boy Scout troops will assist with retaining walls as well as local churches will be volunteering their labor.
The project is expected to cost $146,351 and will be paid for with an anticpated grant award from the Southwest Idaho Resource Conservation & Development Council and from a Union Pacific grant.
The project is not limited to the greenbelt extension however. It includes installation of trees, benches, picnic tables and a sprinkler system on the western edge of the greenbelt near Pizza Hut and the BMX park along Bridge Street. A 9-hole Frisbee golf course, similar to Boise’s Ann Morrison Park, is planned for the entire length of the greenbelt. An amphitheater just south of the BMX park was planned but has been put on hold seeking additional funding and a volunteer group to install it. Even with the grants, the city is still slightly short of the overall budget and, according to them, still needs about $4,200 to have enough for all the planned projects. They are hoping for more donations to the project and welcome any volunteers to help.
This is the first in a series of city project oriented articles. Next week… The Indian Creek Community Garden and the Western extension of the Greenbelt.